LATERAL FLOW TESTING IN PHARMACY (RAPID TESTING)
NB – at this time the service will only be for Stoke pharmacies however, we expect Staffordshire to come onboard soon
Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) is a new kind of technology that could enable us to identify and isolate more asymptomatic people who are at high likelihood of spreading coronavirus, whilst simultaneously minimising disruption for those who test negative.
The device detects a protein (antigen) produced by the virus at its most infectious stage, i.e. those with a high viral load. The test is complete in 30 minutes, and so gives real time results. There is no time lag between testing and receiving results to aid more prompt measures to reduce the risk of transmission in positive cases and to reassure those who test negative.
The test is for the asymptomatic population, i.e. those without symptoms of Covid-19, but who may carry the virus and be able to infect others without their knowledge. Therefore, the aim of this test is to identify background cases in the population that otherwise would remain a potential risk of transmission.
The rapid test kits most widely used in UK universities, schools, and care homes detect just 48.89% of covid-19 infections in asymptomatic people when compared with a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test
For more information on LFT please see here
Dudley community pharmacies are already offering this service – see here for the report
Here are a number of documents you should make yourself familiar with;
- This is a useful checklist that you can use to ensure all the processes are in place to run the LFT service. The check list as available as a word document LFT checklist SoT or PDf LFT checklist SoT
- This document outlines the equipment that you will need. This is funded by the up-front fee you will receive of £150 Equipment
- This is the SOP that have been wrote for you. It contains a lot of information and should be read asap by all staff expected to perform the service Covid Testing Standard Operation Policy v7 21 1 2021 There is also a Master SOP developed from the NHS that you should be familiar with MASTER Clinical SOP Template (ATS LFD) v2.8F
- Here is the service spec that each contractor will be working from CHS Covid-19 LTF Service Specification 2021 SoT Council
- A useful document to help staff understand how a patient should correctly take a swab take swab sample
- This is a useful training guide developed for you to understand what is needed for all staff delivering the service Covid-LFT-Guide-Final Please note that this document states the pharmacy will be paid £250 up-front however, it should state £150
- This document talks you through how the schedullista system works. you use this system to check which patients have been booked in, and also if you want to book a patient in. Schedulista Booking Software Stoke
- finally, some useful questions and answers that you may find helpful when running the service LFT FAQs
List of pharmacies carrying out the service for Stoke City Council can be found here;
Posters – some will be delivered to the pharmacy, feel free to print more!
Contact points for pharmacies are
Central Health Solutions firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Hay email@example.com
Tania Cork firstname.lastname@example.org
Some useful quick information can be found below;
7.1. The participant will be asymptomatic
7.2. The participant will consent to participation in the service (tick the consent box on Pharmacoutcomes)
7.3. The participant will consent to sharing their data with the National T & T programme
7.4. The participant will be 11 years or older
7.5. The participant will be a resident of Stoke on Trent, work or study in Stoke on Trent or have a Stoke on Trent GP
7.6. The participant must wear a face covering, only removing it to take the test
providing the service will need to set themselves up as a tester, following these instructions:
9.1. Go to http://log-coronavirus-test-site-results.service.gov.uk/
9.2. Click ‘I am a testing operative’
9.3. Sign up to an account
9.4. Username – add name with no spaces
9.5. Name – add full name of staff member
9.6. Password – choose a password
Once these steps have been completed CHS will approve, you will then be able to access the site and record results:
9.7. Sign in to http://log-coronavirus-test-site-results.service.gov.uk/
9.8. Scan the LFD barcode as per digital results recording process (Figure 4) and digitally record the result
9.9. The area where the device was situated and equipment (i.e. pen, tray, etc.) are then cleaned after each batch anti-viral wipes
9.10. Once result has been logged, the device and consumables are disposed of as per the requirements outlined in the waste management section (12.3).
10.1. CHS will pay a fee of £150 one off fee to each participating pharmacy.
10.2. CHS will pay a fee of £10.00 per test completed. All tests will be supplied free of charge to the pharmacy.
10.3. Payments will be made based on the information recorded on Pharmoutcomes. CHS will automatically generate a monthly payment based on total tests completed at each pharmacy, and send the remittance to participating pharmacies at the end of the following month.
10.4. Details of the testing service should be added to Pharmoutcomes on the same day of the completed test. Claims submitted which relate to tests over 2 months old will not be paid.
10.5. Payment will be made to participating pharmacies by CHS on a monthly basis.
11.1. Pharmacy staff carrying out this service must access training. The link below is to the training video recommended by PHE for this test with accreditation questions provided.
All those to be involved in the test process must first undertake the training and pass the accreditation process. Clinical support is available through this process and thereafter for all trained testers.
Access token: 3wkcVi4UTX
11.2. Pharmacy staff should also watch the COVID-19: Donning and doffing of Personal Protective Equipment in Health and Social Care Settings video: https://youtu.be/-GncQ_ed-9w
11.3. Pharmacy staff will be provided with face-to-face practical training in the pharmacy.
See also: Training Guide